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Pro Football Focus lists Oklahoma redshirt junior QB Baker Mayfield No. 5 in its preseason Heisman rankings.

In leading Oklahoma to the College Football Playoff, Mayfield posted the third-best PFF QB grade at +49.6. "He played an efficient brand of football, as he had the lowest percentage of negative grades of any quarterback in the nation," wrote Steve Palazzolo. "Losing the nation’s top-graded wide receiver, Sterling Shepard, should hurt, but games like Mayfield had against Baylor showed his capabilities as he made a number of big-time throws while going head-to-head with one of the nation’s top offenses." Mayfield threw for 3,700 yards and a 36/7 TD/INT ratio with an adjusted completion percentage of 77.2 that ranked No. 4 in the Power-5.
Jun 23 - 6:14 PM

Oklahoma awarded HC Bob Stoops a one-year contract extension and a $25,000 raise.

No great shakes here, but Stoops' contract was extended through the 2021 season and he was granted a raise set to take effect on January 1, 2017. He will receive an additional bump on January 1, 2019. Stoops is set to make $5.5 million this season. Among the other amended contracts doled out by the board of regents, OC Lincoln Riley nets a sweet $350,000 raise and will make $850,000 moving forward. DC Mike Stoops didn't see quite the same amount of cheddar, but was awarded a $50,000 raise and will make $900,000 through to the end of his contract. He and Riley both have deals that run through 2018.
Jun 22 - 12:38 PM

ESPN's Tom Luginbill called Oklahoma four-star 2017 TE Grant Calcaterra a "well-rounded enigma."

Calcaterra spends plenty of snaps lining up on the outside and should not be considered a mere blocking tight end. There is offensive potential here. Wrote Luginbill, "He is a deceptively speedy threat in the passing game, which is where he is utilized and excels the most." The 6-foot-4, 207-pounder committed to Oklahoma in early April. He ranks as ESPN 300's No. 260 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle.
Jun 17 - 1:59 PM

Oklahoma junior RB Samaje Perine benched 225 pounds 100 times in one session last summer.

He did so by completing 10 sets of 10 in around a half-hour. According to Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops, Perine can also broad jump more than 10 feet. Star Sooners QB Baker Mayfield has several humorous takes on Perine, who Mayfield said "looks like he's about 40." Mayfield continued: "He plays around and tries to be gentle, but he's not very gentle. He doesn't know his own strength. He'll try to rub your neck and your shoulders, and it hurts really badly. He needs to calm down." Perine has collected 3,062 rushing yards and 37 touchdowns in two seasons.
Jun 13 - 7:04 PM

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield says redshirt junior LB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo is a potential breakout star.

"Obo is going to make a lot of plays," Mayfield said, referring to Okoronkwo by his nickname. "He's kind of gotten overshadowed because we had Eric Striker and Devante Bond on the outside, but he's going to make some plays." The 6-foot-2, 238-pound Okoronkwo, who had two sacks (one went for a safety) and three TFL in the spring game, is vying for a starting job in a linebacker corps searching for reinforcements.
Jun 13 - 5:52 PM

Oklahoma four-star 2017 QB Chris Robison was selected to participate in Elite 11.

What will folks at Nike Headquarters see next month when they check out the Sooner commit? A cannon, for starters. 247 Sports said Robison had the strongest arms of all Elite 11 finalists. "The Oklahoma commit loved flashing his arm strength by ripping digs and deep outs to his receivers over the weekend," Luke Stampini wrote. "Robison can throw some darts when he lets it loose. It was clear that he has a very live arm and the ability to make throws into tight coverages that others don’t have the arm strength to take such a chance."
Source: 247 Sports
Jun 7 - 8:23 PM

Oklahoma president David Boren said that television markets are not the driving force of any possible expansion from the Big 12.

"Yes, TV markets are important. Yes, the financial aspect is important," Boren said, before then downplaying both factors. "[Fans] don't want to see them play mediocre teams. We have to determine what that's going to do to the longtime reputation of the brands at each of the schools and what quality of opponents we're having." UCF is a prime example of his point. Knights president John Hitt recently sent a letter to Oklahoma State president Burns Hargis arguing for his school's inclusion and included a report regarding the market potential of Orlando. Unfortunately, UCF also finished 0-12 last season, which would seem to put them on the outside looking in if we are to use Boren's criteria for potential expansion candidates. He called the expansion debate "ongoing," while conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby has indicated that a possible vote on the issue could come at the end of the summer.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 6 - 2:44 PM

Oklahoma president David Boren said that "the boat [has] sailed" on a potential Big 12 Network.

Horns Digest's Chip Brown reported late last week that discussion of a possible conference television network would be tabled. That has, indeed, come to pass. "The marketplace," Boren said, "has decided for us." At least one roadblock is that Texas already has the Longhorn Network working. AD Mike Perrin called it a "very valuable asset."
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 6 - 1:46 PM

Oklahoma president Dave Boren said that the Big 12 was "absolutely unified" in its decision to implement a conference championship game starting in 2017.

The vote itself (10-0) shows that unification well enough. Said Boren, "We had very, very strong feelings about that and very strong positive momentum." He called it "strong, unanimous support" by all involved. All of the details have yet to be ironed out, but conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby has indicated that the conference will likely be split into divisions (even if it remains at 10 teams) and that the title game would probably take place at a neutral-site location. On-campus sites will also be considered. "I was really undecided about a championship game," Boren said. "But when you look at the data, the data is really compelling."
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 4 - 4:56 PM

Oklahoma HC Bob Stoop says junior RB Samaje Perine can broad jump more than 10 feet.

According to Stoops, Perine also runs the 40-yard dash in the 4.5 range. The 5-foot-11, 243-pound bowling ball has rushed for more than 3,000 yards over his first two seasons on campus. Expect another monster season this fall from the Heisman darkhorse.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 3 - 7:29 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Nick Krueger noted that Oklahoma four-star 2017 QB Chris Robison displays "a Favre-esque element to the way he plays."

"[Robison] likes to talk smack with players and coaches alike and was clearly having a good time in Dallas [at a Rivals Camp Series regional] despite less-than-perfect throwing conditions," Krueger wrote. "He has a lot of confidence in his arm and does as much as high school quarterback can." The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder would have competed for the 2017 starting job with freshman Austin Kendall and Texas A&M transfer Kyler Murray, but on Thursday, the Big 12 passed a tweak to their walk-on transfer rules that will allow all-world gunslinger Baker Mayfield an additional year of eligibility. Robison and company will just have to be patient and wait for their opportunities. At least theoretically, Robison could choose to de-commit, but there has not been any early talk of that in the aftermath of Mayfield receiving the additional year.
Source: Rivals
Jun 3 - 5:11 PM

In a vote of 10-0, the Big 12 approved a plan for a conference title game in 2017.

Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby said that "in all likelihood," the Big 12 will implement divisions in order to facilitate the conference title game. He said that he has looked at the possibility of splitting the 10 teams into two five-team divisions with a round-robin schedule, but that is just one idea that is being bandied around. After months and months of stagnation, the last few days have seen several exciting developments from the Big 12. In addition to the championship game being cleared, Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield earned an extra year of eligibility after the conference approved a change to their walk-on transfer rules. Expansion and a television network probably won't come to play this offseason, but it has been a productive time for Bowlsby and company of late.
Jun 3 - 3:12 PM

Oklahoma president David Boren stressed patience in regards to the potential of conference expansion.

"We're going to be very careful. That's an obligation that the conference has, and it's an obligation I have as an individual president," Boren said. "Where does the data take us and what strategy makes the best sense? We're not in a weak position; we're in a strong position." In late May, Horns Digest's Chip Brown reported that expansion would not truly be on the table in the conference meetings. That might still prove to be the case, but it remains an ever-present topic of conversation if nothing else. Texas AD Mike Perrin has already publicly come out and said that he does not view expansion as necessary.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 3 - 12:53 PM

USA Today's George Schroeder reports that by a vote of 7-3, the Big 12 has approved a proposed rule change that will allow walk-ons to make in-conference transfers without losing a year of eligibility.

It is known informally as the "Baker Mayfield Rule," as without it, 2016 would be Mayfield's last year of eligibility. On Wednesday, an initial proposal died with a 5-5 deadlock. The proposed rule change was revived on Thursday, with ESPN's Jake Trotter reporting that the rule would be reconsidered if the language took a tweak. The essence of the plan that passed is that only walk-ons who do not receive scholarship offers from their schools will be able to transfer within the Big 12 without consequence. Walk-ons who are offered scholarships but still transfer within conference will be docked the year of eligibility. Shortly after the news broke, Mayfield chimed in via Twitter, writing, "And y'all thought you were getting rid of me..."
Jun 2 - 9:11 PM

ESPN reports that the Big 12 will reconsider a rule that allows walk-ons to transfer within the conference without losing a season of eligibility.

The proposal -- a particularly pressing source of debate, as it would grant Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield an additional year of eligibility -- failed to receive the majority vote it needed to pass with a 5-5 deadlock on Wednesday. Apparently, the conference will reconsider the rule with altered language. The proposal being discussed now would allow the walk-on's school to offer a scholarship to keep him. If the proposed transfer still wanted to leave, he'd be docked a year of eligibility. This is where it gets interesting: If the rule doesn't pass, Mayfield is out of Big 12 eligibility after this season. However, he'd have one more season of NCAA eligibility to transfer outside the conference as a grad over the winter. He'd be the biggest grad free agent ever to hit our sport's version of free agency. The Big 12 would be doing itself and its student athletes a favor by passing this legislation.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 2 - 3:47 PM


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